KCHS totals 22 runs in 5-inning rout

WORTON — The Kent County-Crisfield high school baseball game here Thursday was shaping up to be a competitive contest, until it wasn’t.

Rallying to tie at 2-all after two complete innings, only to fall behind again, 4-2, after the visitors from Crisfield pushed two runs across the plate in the top of the third, the Trojans erupted for 17 runs in the home half of the inning on the way to an old-fashioned 22-6 whipping.

The mercy rule-abbreviated game was called after Crisfield batted in the fifth.

This was the Trojans’ first win in 10 games, since their 9-7 triumph at Washington High School on opening day March 21.

Junior right-hander Jace Conner went the distance on the hill. His line included six strikeouts and three walks; two free passes in the first inning led to a pair of unearned runs.

As the Trojans’ leadoff batter, Conner went 4-for-4 with two doubles.

Sophomore catcher Scottie Ford, batting in the cleanup spot, reached safely in three of his four plate appearances with an extra-base hit. 

The battery of Conner and Ford collectively scored five runs.

Youthful Kent County — there are three freshmen, five sophomores and seven juniors on the 17-man roster — cleared its bench, and just about everyone reached safely one way or another.

Sophomore Noah Iacona, batting in the No. 2 spot, had three singles; classmate Braden Wilson drew four free passes and scored each time.

What most folks seemed to want to talk about was Tanner Beck’s third-inning bases-loaded blast that cleared the left field fence at Spry Field.

Kent County sent 20 batters to the plate in the third inning, when Beck doubled with one away and then homered with two away.

Crisfield (1-13) scored two runs in the first inning, helped along by two errors.

Kent County leveled the score at 2-2 after scoring single runs in the first and second innings. Conner scored the first run after opening the game with a double to right-center field, and plated Wilson (leadoff walk) with a two-out double to the opposite field in the second inning.

The Crabbers pushed two more runs across the plate in the top of the third inning, with back-to-back-to-back base hits, to regain the lead, 4-2, before Conner retired the next three batters he faced to avert any more run damage. 

And then the proverbial floodgates opened.

Ford got things going with a one-out double, followed by a Jack Walters single.

The next four Kent County batters reached on walks, Conner and Iacona singled, and Beck doubled.

In the second go-round in the inning, Walters, one of only two seniors on the squad, had another single. Three more batters reached in succession before the second out.

And then Beck, in his third plate appearance of the inning, went deep to extend the spread to 19-4.

Kent County tacked on three more runs in the fourth, when Conner singled and Iacona doubled with two away.

Crisfield scored twice in the top of the fifth, and then the game was called.

What’s next: Kent County is home Tuesday, April 23 against Colonel Richardson. First pitch is at 4 p.m.


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